Elder abuse is not only a devastating occurrence, it can be a crime. That was the case for two residents of California this past week when they were accused of taking money from an elderly individual that they used towards purchasing an Audi coupe and paying towards tuition at UC Berkeley. The two suspects, JA and AS, were arrested in San Francisco and brought to a jail to be detained. They reportedly took $842,000 from the victim, which JA met a few years ago after the man's wife had passed.
Over the past few years the suspect and the victim began to grow their relationship and the suspects started taking over different aspects of assisting the elderly man. Eventually JA encouraged the victim to move to the Berkeley area since his wife was going to school at UC Berkeley. The two men started a business and JA was given $125,000 to start with for trading. Eventually the suspect took money from the victim's retirement account and placed it into a checking account. He made large purchases, including racking up around $400,000 in credit card bills. JA said that the victim knew about the charges but he still understood that some of them were higher than what he should have spent.
The wife, AS, said that she assumed the money was coming from the business, but the victim wrote that evidence suggested otherwise. The two were charged for theft from an elder on June 5 and the bail for release has been set for $250,000. Financial abuse is a form of abuse that many elderly people deal with. They can be dependent on others around them to help and unfortunately the people that they trust are not always dependable. Get in touch with Norman Taylor & Associates if you have been victimized and they may be able to protect your rights.